Life-long passion and contribution to bird wildlife is recognized
by Sandy Lindsay
May 31, 2015
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(L-R) Mike Pickup, Norah Toth and Doug Pedwell (Chair of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival)
Mike Pickup was the recent recipient of the Norah Toth Award on May 23rd (2015) for "Outstanding Volunteer Contributions' presented by the Huron Fringe Birding Festival .
Pickup has contributed in a variety of ways to his life-long passion for bird wildlife. He has written books, volunteered in many organizations, including the Huron Fringe Birding Festival, the Friends of MacGregor, the Bruce Birding Club and the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO).
He was also the inspiration for the development of the 'Bird Blind' erected in MacGregor Park so that visitors can have the opportunity to unobtrusively view birds in their natural habitat.
Pickup was just nine years old when birds first began to interest him.
His father would take him for walks and point out birds on the moors in
Lancashire. He came to Canada via England and Ireland when he was
thirteen and spent many days hiking and exploring the Bruce Trail near
his Georgetown home. Then came the cottage in Sauble Beach, and the
eventual move to Port Elgin. It was here that he met his mentor, Martin
Parker, a naturalist and ‘big birder’. Martin rekindled Pickup's
interest in birding. And the rest is local history.
He volunteered for Bird Studies Canada doing
Nocturnal Owl Surveys, Breeding Bird Surveys, and Forest Monitoring
When he isn’t out in the field or writing you’ll find him with his
other love…Mike, the model train enthusiast, has a layout in his
basement that occupies most of his winter hours.
Mike Pickup loves to share his knowledge with others. After he retired, he carried this a step further writing books, such as 'Birding on the Bruce Peninsula' and 'Birding in Saugeen Shores', to give people ideas of where to go and what to expect in certain birding areas and is currently working on a fourth.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015